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How God Speaks Through His Word (5 of 8)
THE AWESOME POWER OF LISTENING TO GOD
We talked last week about the Holy Spirit as our personal teacher, our personal guidance counselor, who has come to live within our heart, to guide us and bring all things that Jesus taught to our remembrance.
Today, we want to speak about how God speaks through His word, because that's the primary way God speaks to us.
II Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV) -- "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
You know, the right equipment is very important. If you have a dentist working on you, you don't want him using a chain saw. You want him to have the best equipment possible.
I've found that carpenters and mechanic and people who use equipment in their work are very fussy about their equipment. They want to have the right equipment. They want to take care of that equipment and they want to know
how to use that equipment. They are very picky about their tools.
The kind of equipment you and I need to hear from God is given to us in His word, the Bible. This is the owner's manual for every Christian. If we want to know how to live life and what God says to us, then we need to consult it daily.
II Timothy 3:17 in the Philip's translation says, "The scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work."
So, God speaks to us primarily through His word.
I. THE PURPOSE OF LETTING GOD SPEAK TO ME THROUGH
1. To help me to know God
II Timothy 3:15 (LB) -- "The scriptures make you wise to accept God's salvation by trusting in Christ."
The way that we really get to know God is through the scripture. Now, you can know all about God from nature. You can know about God through intuition. Every person has a hunger for God in their heart.
Jesus said that every person who comes in this world has some light, has some revelation of God. So, there are a lot of ways that you can know about God but the way you come to know Him personally is through His world.
Most of what we know about God, we know through the Bible because the Bible is God's revealed book. It's God's revealed truth. So, if we are going to really know God, we have to come to know Him and the pages of His word.
2. To teach me the truth.
There are some absolutes in this world, regardless of what situation ethics say, regardless of what Hollywood says, regardless of what the world says, there are some absolutes, there are some rights and wrongs, blacks and whites that never change. The way to know this truth is in the word of God.
II Samuel 7:28 -- "You are God! Your words are trustworthy."
Psalm 12:6 -- "God speaks no careless word; all he says is purest truth."
John 8:32 -- "Ye shall know the truth, and the tr ...
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